Bipolar Sunshine Gleams on “Future” – ft Goldlink [FULL STREAM] @bipolarsunshine @GoldLink

Bipolar Sunshine Gleams on Future - ft Goldlink

Bipolar Sunshine Gleams on “Future” – ft Goldlink

Talk about the nexus of soul, electric, hip-hop, and indy! Bipolar Sunshine has it all. But, of course, with a name like that what do you expect- the man is far from normal! A wonderful blend of eclecticism, on first listen of the song you are compelled to dance. But that compulsion swirls into a nostalgiac blast of almost 80s dance music. And then, from nowhere rhymes appear. Bipolar Sunshine is indeed a very talented act. While his future looks “brighter in your eyes”, it’s also bright in ours.
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Say That You Remember- Earth, Wind & Fire and the Enduring Power of “September” [REPOST]

Say That You Remember- Earth, Wind, and Fie and the Enduring Power of September

Say That You Remember- Earth, Wind & Fire and the Enduring Power of “September”

NPR is spot on in their analysis- Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” is a quintessential wedding song. The upbeat horns, the falsettos, that incredible drum snap, this song is a perennial not just in those days when summer heat gives way to autumn cool. But a curious aspect of the song is the opening line of “Do you remember, the 21st night of September?” Have you ever wondered why that night? This NPR Morning Edition segment goes into the making of that song. Listen to it below!
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iHeartRadio Music Festival Live Stream

iHeartRadio Music Festival

iHeartRadio Music Festival Live Stream

This weekend is the iHeart Radio Music Festival. Occurring live in Las Vegas from the MGM Grand, the second night of the 2 day concert is getting underway. The festival is a celebration of all things pop culture in music. Of importance to R&B fans is the Usher performance which in ways will be a preview to his Usher Tour. And for the hip-pop fans, Nicki Minaj came through and sang about large snakes.  In order to get the full live stream of the festival as well as to see the other acts from the day, click below the jump to get the link!
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Lecrae on The Tonight Show [VIDEO] @lecrae @Gawvi @jimmyfallon

Lecrae on The Tonight Show

Lecrae on The Tonight Show

Thursday night was a special moment in music history. Lecrae became the first Christian rapper- and one of few Christian artists ever- to perform on a late night television show. Specifically, Lecrae performed on Fallon during interludes with the house band The Roots. While those interludes were televised in part, they were not the full stage performance. Nonetheless, Lecrae did make a video explaining how he wrote the song “Nuthin”. The song produced by Gawvi features a modernized, synth-studded take on LunizI Got Five On It“. “Nuthin” is the lead singe on Lecrae’s Billboard-top charting album Anomaly. Watch him describe the process of writing the song below.
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We Love Sam. We Love Q. We Love This “Latch” Remix. [FULL STREAM] @schoolboyq @samsmithworld @disclosure

We Love Sam. We Love Q. We Love This Latch Remix.

We Love Sam. We Love Q. We Love This “Latch” Remix.

There isn’t much more to say. Say what we must, we cannot deny the rapturous soulfulness of Sam Smith’s voice. Full of a commanding presence, he made Disclosure‘s song “Latch” a hit this summer. But in this remix, an explosive verse was added on, courtesy of Mr. Oxymoron himself, ScHoolboy Q. The song is still primarily Smith singing about the hooks of love, but Q does bring some expected, West coast, gangsta flare. You can enjoy this full track below.
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Childish Gambino Will Never Be “Sober” Again [FULL SONG] @donaldglover

Childish Gambino Will Never Be Sober Again

Childish Gambino Will Never Be “Sober” Again

If you are like us you still have chills from Mr. Glover’s freestyle on Hot 97 last week. Our Gambino withdraws have been assuaged with this “rough” cut of his song “Sober”. With rumors of a new mixtape swirling around, this single seems to make that more of a reality. In “Sober”, Gambino eschews his normal rapping style for a more traditional singing verse. At about two-thirds of the way into the song, he kicks a “yeah”, thinking that he’s about to go off on a the track. But alas, a melodic flow of electric music comes through, resolving with Gambino reverting back to the chorus. A simple song lyrically, it is rather magical and full of music whimsy.

Check the full track below.
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“Irrational Illustrations at Heart” by Alexis Glenn [FULL STREAM] @Lexin8or

Irrational Illustrations at Heart by Alexis Glenn
“Irrational Illustrations at Heart” by Alexis Glenn

There is a place for eclectic soul in all of our hearts. It’s these artists like Alexis Glenn who push the limits of traditional sound that heartens our love for the genre. Alexis Glenn’s insanely titled album really speaks to the heart of her music. She is creative and unbound by convention. You can hear it in the grit of her voice. But more important than that is the bare-bones production on the tracks. With the beats and melodies so simple, it gives space for Glenn to let her raspy alto flow over our audio canals. You can stream the full album below!
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“Twister” by Your New Favorite Band The Rooks [FULL VIDEO + DOWNLOAD] @therooksband

Twister by Your New Favorite Band The Rooks

“Twister” by Your New Favorite Band The Rooks

A first listen on “Twister” is like tasting a full bodied pinot noir. A lot of notes hit you at once, automatically swelling you with flavor and amazement. But as you let it resolve, you realize how complex all of those elements are, and you are swept away by the finish. The Rooks are a (in their own words) an “indie-soul sextet” with a great love for “Beyonce, playing house parties, and performing Motown covers”. You can hear all of these stylings in their music. The funk of the guitar and drum snap is so rock, but the vocals are so R&B, but the groove is so funk. It’s like Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, James Brown, and Bob Dylan just all crammed themselves into one band and, voila, The Rooks.

You can watch the video of “Twister” below as well get a download of the track.
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Jazmine Sullivan in Bittersweet “Forever Don’t Last” [FULL STREAM] @jsullivanmusic

Jazmine Sullivan in Bittersweet Forever Don't Last

Jazmine Sullivan in Bittersweet “Forever Don’t Last”

What a treat to have that smoky voice that is Jazmine Sullivan back in our ears. The songstress has been flirting in and around the periphery of the music scene since her 2009 debut. But with this track, we hear that same solid set of vocals that made her a hit with soul fans around the world. Bluesy and heartfelt, you cannot not love this song! Stream the full track below.
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“Believe Me” – You’ll Want to Hear Usher’s New Song [FULL DOWNLOAD]

Believe Me - You'll Want to Hear Usher's New Song

“Believe Me” – You’ll Want to Hear Usher’s New Song

The once greatest modern day R&B singeer is poised to make an incredible comeback this year. With the success of his two singled from earlier this year (the funky “Goody Kisser” and the uptempo “She Came to Give it To You” with Nicki Minaj), Usher’s new joint “Believe Me” is slowed down, with a grown and sexy electric feel. Given his preparation to go on tour soon, the eminence of a new album is near. We are excited about what it has to offer, but in the meantime will be grooving out to “Believe Me”. Listen to the song and get the full download below.
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Kwabs – Wrong or Right [FULL STREAM] @Kwabs

Kwabs - Wrong or Right

Kwabs – Wrong or Right

When soul musicians are on to something good, you know it from first listen. As is the case with Kwabs and his EP Wrong or Right. Only four tracks long, Kwabs rich vocals and layered sounds makes for a rapturous listen. Something in his voice is reminiscent of a soul-deep gospel, and indeed it pierces the soul in all of the right ways. The only thing wrong about this EP is that it is so short! Stream the full thing below, and then purchase it!
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Follow the Nomad on a Different “Beat and Path” [FULL STREAM] @DALLASAUSTIN @NazTokio @

Follow the Nomad on a Different Beat and Path

Follow the Nomad on a Different “Beat and Path”

Follow the Nomad is a new alternative soul duo that you need in your music rotation. This duo comprised of super-producer Dallas Austin and songwriter Naz Tokio makes for a new age soul sound, spiked with a Black bohemian spirit and a taste of electric soul. You cannot help but to hear in them a touch of Daft Punk or modern electric duo Capital Cities. The easy energy that Follow the Nomad reverberates in the listening experience. Listen to the song and watch the video below.

And thanks to soulhead.com friend Jason Schellhardt for the recommendation

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The Rachel Foxx EP [FULL STREAM] @MSRACHELFOXX

The Rachel Foxx EP

The Rachel Foxx EP

Earlier in the summer, we brought to you a single, “Crazy”, from a sultry and talented London based singer, Rachel Foxx. In her we hear a sumptuous neo-soul sexy, that can only be described as Aaliyah like. Foxx keeps her musical styling simple, not overwrought production- just classy and jazzy. You can hear her full EP here.
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Happy Birthday, Beyonce! She’s a Grown Woman! [MUSIC VIDEO] @beyonce

Happy Birthday, Beyonce! She's a Grown Woman

Happy Birthday, Beyonce! She’s a Grown Woman!

Today is the 33rd birthday of the international superstar. Now that Beyonce is 33, she can officially say that for more than half of her life she has been in the national spotlight. Debuting with the rest of Destiny’s Child on their first album of the same name in 1998, Beyonce has been a pillar in the R&B industry and has transcended that flame into pop stardom. This year has been a major one for her, including the aftermath of her legendary Beyonce album, the conclusion of The Mrs. Carter World Tour, the recent run of On The Run Tour, and a film version release of the concert to be debuted on HBO on September 20th. Indeed, this “grown woman” is ubiquitous in pop culture. So to say, we say happy birthday to the queen.
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Meet ‘Em on The Unsung- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony [EPISODE PREVIEW] @tvonetv @BTNHBONETHUGS

Meet 'Em on The Unsung- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Meet ‘Em on The Unsung- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Known for their cold lyricism, and unapologetic hard core, rapped over some of the most soulful tracks of the era, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are hip hop royalty, if only on a smaller stage. The group produced by Eazy E hailed from the city og Cleveland, OH. As they tell the story, they got involved in rapping because they wanted to escape the grips of poverty. On this week’s episode of Unsung, we get to hear more about their back story. Watch the clip below to see a preview.
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Prince’s New Single Flows Like an Electric Stream – “U Know” @3rdEyeGirl @3rdEyeBpy

Prince's New Single Flows Like an Electric Stream - U know

Prince’s New Single Flows Like an Electric Stream – “U Know”

This year has been a mighty one for his Purple Highness. Let alone the 30 year anniversary of Purple Rain (both the film and album), Prince’s presence has been felt everywhere. From his takeover of the Arsenio Hall Show, to his guest spot on The New Girl following the Super Bowl, and of course his headlining of the Essence Music Festival, Prince has been the man of 2014. Continuing to gear up for the release of a new album, “U Know” is another single from the album, featuring his all-female band 3rd Eye Girl. The song slinks, with a nice slow tempo. Yet with that, Prince has this unprecedented cadence, where he is less singing and almost rapping. Of course the song has it’s share of sexual energy, but it’s tempered by Prince’s talent to make everything seem not too dirty.

Listen to the full song below.
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The Bang Bang Video is Here! [FULL VIDEO] @JessieJ @NICKIMINAJ @ArianaGrane

The Bang Bang Video is Here

The Bang Bang Video is Here! Earlier this month, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj released a stellar track that was bold, brassy, and soul-influenced. The video for the trio’s song “Bang Bang” has finally been released. The video is full of vibrant, colorful, and salacious elements, feeding into the song’s more pop-oriented nature. All the same, it is jamming. Watch the full video below!
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Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson! Celebrate With This MJ Mix! @arjanketting

Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson! Celebrate With this MJ Mix!

Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson! Celebrate With This MJ Mix!

Today would have been the 56th birthday of the King of Pop. Born in Gary, Indiana to the family that would become musical royalty, the young Mike was prodigious among his brothers. It would make sense that he would go on to become the great star that we remember him as today. In celebrating the birthday of Michael Jackson, we thought it would be great to offer up a mix of his full catalog, to lift your spirits and help you to “Remember the Time“. This mix covers everything from his Jackson 5 days, to his solo career as minor, even to his more obscure rock based numbers of the 90s. Thanks to Arjan Ketting for the mix.

We love you, Michael! Happy birthday!
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James Gardin – Clock In [FULL DOWNLOAD] @JamesGardin

James Gardin - Clock In

James Gardin – Clock In

An Alt R&B brother by appearance,with a smooth rap flow, James Gardin garners much respect for his cool, clean aesthetic, and stag-in-headlight looks. But what’s best is the smooth voice to go with it. Sampling from Chaka Khan‘s “Hollywood“, Gardin has a hit on his hands with Clock In. You can learn more about Gardin from his (hilarious, candid, and inspirational) twitter, or just by delving deeper into his music! Download to Clock In below.
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“Don’t Shoot” – Hip Hop Artists Support #MikeBrown with #BlackProtest Music

Don't Shoot - #BlackProtestMusic

This is important. Channelling the frustrations of the past few weeks, this group of Black artists banned together to create a track dedicated to Mike Brown and all other Black lives who have been taken due to obscene levels of violence. A conglomerate that features The Game, Rick Ross, Wale, Diddy, Fabolous, Curren$y, 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, DJ Khaled, Problem, King Pharaoh, and TGT.

In the very haunting, simple lyrics “God ain’t put us on this Earth to get murdered”, this song is a declaration of the Hip-Hop generation that we will not abide by the violence that destroys us. Just listen to the song, and DO NOT let the fire burn out!
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